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    The Hong Kong-based nonprofit Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) has brought forth allegations of major labor issues at Chinese factories which belong to Biel Crystal, a Hong Kong-based display supplier to Apple. The worker’s rights group accuses the company of labor violations such as forced 11-hour shifts, seven days a week, with only one day off each month. Other accusations include inadequate compensations for injured workers with employees reportedly required to sign blank contracts. The report also goes as far as stating that five workers at the company factory have committed suicide since 2011.

    The Cupertino California commented on the accusations towards Biel Crystal by stating the following:

    "We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made," Apple said in a statement sent to Reuters in response to the SACOM report.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Biel Crystal employs more than 60,000 workers and has two factories in the Chinese provinces of Guangdong and Shenzhen. The new accusations come after a number of alleged labor violations at Apple suppliers earlier this year, including reported workers’ rights issues at iPhone 5C supplier Jabil Circuit and primary supplier Pegatron, Apple also later issued a statement on the labor controversies surrounding Jabil Circuit, pledging to investigate the situation.

    Apple previously announced that it was forming an academic advisory board for its Supplier Responsibility program, saying that it wanted to ensure “safe and ethical working conditions wherever its products are made.” The Cupertino California company also published Supplier Responsibility Progress Reports every year since 2007, tracking the ethical progress of its suppliers in order to bring transparency to its product manufacturing process.

    Source: Reuters

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    2013-11-27 08:39 AM